France Insider/Paul Ben-Itzak

December 15, 2008

If the shoe fits, or, dog insult bites president

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Even if the NY Times has not done so bad in reporting the tale of the Iraqi journalist who threw two shoes at President Bush yesterday in Baghdad in denouncing what Bush has wraught in his country — the paper in effect recounting how Bush’s hackneyed retort “Democracy comes with freedom of speech” was punctuated by the screams of the young man being beaten by Iraqi security agents — the fact is that as is often the case when it comes to news that reflects negatively on the Bush administration, you have to go abroad for the kind of front page coverage the incident deserves. (European papers lead with it; the Times relegated it to the inside pages.)  For balance, try, for instance, this report on Rue89, the Web-based journal founded by former journalists at the national daily Liberation. For starters, check the sub-title: “Mountazer al-Zaïdi, correspondant de la télé irakienne Al-Baghdadia, est en passe de devenir un héros dans le monde arabe.”


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